The early bird gets more than a slimy earth worm! Fitting fitness into your hectic life can seem like mission impossible. Our schedules are set…our routine is like clock-work…and change often seems to be out of the question. The real truth of the matter is that we could make time for fitness. We just need to evaluate how we spend our time and if it’s in-line with our priorities or not. The first step towards success is when we open ourselves up to the possibility of change. And one of the easier changes to make is the start time of our day.
There’s something invigorating about beating the sun to work. If you’ve ever gone for a walk or jog, or driven to the gym before the sun gets up…you know what I mean. To those that find this notion a bit crazy...what else do you have to do at that hour? If you need sleep…what kept you up so late the night before? The late-night show?…the news?…surfing the internet? Think about it. The average work-day is 9 hours; the average commute is 30 minutes…this leaves 14 hours a day to take care of your other priorities. How are you spending those hours?
If your job takes more than 10-12 hours of your day…it may be worth exploring other options. One way to get around the work-a-holic mentality is to try a mid-day workout. If you get in the office early, workout at lunch, and stay a bit later…you'll have put in a full day and still be able to beat the evening rush hour! Whatever your schedule is, getting up early can be like finding a treasure chest full of time.
Another thing to consider is that the reduced traffic and office crowd in the morning may help reduce your commute time and ultimately the amount of stress in your life. It’s almost pleasant having a cup of coffee and bowl of oatbran at my desk while my computer boots up…this can be far less enjoyable mid-morning when the office is abuzz with activity! Try it…I’ll bet it makes an early bird out of you ;-).
You can find The Early Bird and other motivational fitness information in the September 2007 article of The Bullhorn. You can sign up for this free monthly e-zine below.